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[al-kuh-traz] /ˈæl kəˌtræz/
a small island in W California, in San Francisco Bay: site of a U.S. penitentiary 1933–63. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We swung past Alcatraz Island and heard the army bugles blowing there.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
  • "I didn't know things were so pleasant at Alcatraz," Elshawe said.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The muskets of the sentries gleamed brightly on Alcatraz, and the rolling of drums swelled on the breeze.

    Legends and Tales Bret Harte
  • At flood-times it may be traced, a yellowish, turgid streak, as far as Alcatraz.

    California Mary Austin
  • The Alcatraz gun had been let off; but the more certain assurance of the new day had failed.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for Alcatraz


an island in W California, in San Francisco Bay: a federal prison until 1963
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Word Origin and History for Alcatraz

see albatross.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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